TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES Harris and Fort Bend countiesmodify public transit services
COMPILED BY JEN PARA AND NOLA Z. VALENTE
In addition to increasing eorts for disinfecting, The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County and the Fort Bend County Public Transportation De- partment have modied their services to protect residents from the coronavirus. METRO suspended all Park & Ride routes except for those to the Texas Medical Center on March 30, according to a press release. Some routes will resume May 18. Fort Bend County Public Transit sus- pended all Park & Ride routes except for those to the Texas Medical Center on April 6 but continued to oer a demand-response service, which allows county residents to prebook rides from anywhere in the county, per its website. METRO has three Park & Rides in the Katy area, but the closest FBT Park & Rides are located within the city of Sugar Land. Both entities reduced passenger capacity by 50% for operating routes. METRO and FBT suspended fare collection. “Due to the COVID-19 impact, waiving fares ... further separates the driver from the passengers, creating more eective
Renovating Bartlett Road Crews started work April 2 on reno- vating Bartlett Road between Hwy. 90 and 10th Street. Completed in mid-May, the project replaced several inches of asphalt. Timeline: April-May Cost: $398,928 Funding source : city of Katy
METRO workers clean buses during the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy METRO)
New turn lane for Grand Parkway intersection The Fort Bend County Toll Road Author- ity will add an optional right turn lane from southbound Grand Parkway to westbound FM 1093. The existing road has one right turn lane and two lanes for through trac. When the project is nished, there will be one right turn lane, one lane for a right turn or through traf- c, and a lane for through trac only. Timeline: May-July Cost: About $10,000 Funding source : FBCTRA UPCOMING PROJECT county’s emergency declaration is lifted. As of press time, the declaration ends May 31. METRO did not provide a date to begin collecting toll road fares again as of press time. Meanwhile, METRO’s high-occupancy vehicle and high-occupancy toll lanes re- opened May 11 with toll collections.
social distancing, less handling of paper that may transmit germs,” said Tennille Jones, FBT community relations manager. With these adjustments, METRO saw a 25% year-over-year March ridership de- cline, and FBCPT saw a 43% decline. FBT will collect fares again when the
New trac signal Harris County nished a new trac signal system at Mason Road and Colonial Parkway on March 31, County Engineer Jennifer Almonte said. Timeline: February-March Cost: $365,884 Funding source: Harris County
ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF MAY 11. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT KTYNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM.
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